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Sunday 16th March 2008
AFC Kempston Town Slam Ten Passed Woburn
Last weekends action saw Blunham become the first club to book themselves a spot in the final of this season Britannia Cup when two goals from Michael Jones plus strikes from Mark Davidson and Joe Cooper took them to a 4-0 home win over Caldecote where they will meet either Meltis Corinthians or Sandy who play their Semi-Final on March 29th.
In the restricted Premier Division league programme, AFC Kempston Town moved themselves two places up the ladder into seventh spot with a 10-1 home win over bottom club Woburn, Duncan Cameron leading the way with a hattrick, Ed L'erario netting twice plus their were single goals for Sundrip Gill, Lyndon Ingerson, Andy Smith, Tom Pitts and Alec Russell to a Safari Boys reply from Nick Skolsky.
Elsewhere second from bottom Wilshamstead losing run is now up to thirteen games after they went down 5-1 at Renhold United who stretched their unbeaten ways to five games, Sam Maddix striking a hattrick and Zennon Paul a brace for United against a reply from Paul Jones, but third from bottom Riseley Sports are still far from safe of the drop after losing 0-1 at home against Sharnbrook whose lone strike came from Shaun Barnett.
In Division One Supported by Sportsform action Henlow's lead at the head of the table is now up to four points but they will be far from happy its not six points after allowing second from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Groveside, Nick Stillwell and Andy Newton on the scoresheet for the home side against Town replies from Lee Leonard and Shar Rahman, whilst second place Dunton were beaten 1-0 at Flitwick Town where a strike from Andy Pheby in the first half brought about his sides tenth home win on the bounce to remain in fourth spot.
All this being good news for third place Bedford SA who with maximum points from their games in hand could now climb back onto the top of the table, The Army Boys being away on Bedfordshire FA Junior Cup Semi-Final duty where braces of goals in the first half from James Allen and Mark Kelly took them to a 4-0 win at Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves and a date in the final against Bedford Albion who were 4-3 home winners over Luton Leagrave, Darren Ashpole and a Scott Alleyne penalty putting them 2-0 ahead at the break but with just a goal from Asa Garlick in the second half it was 3-3 before Daniel Smith headed home their 90th winner.
Other Division One league games saw Campton Reserves make it five straight homes wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over bottom club Elstow Abbey, Steve Winch with a brace plus Craig Smith and Ollie Morgan their marksmen to a brace in reply from Antony Hubbard, for Marston Social it was league win number six on the bounce as they top scored with a 6-1 win at Kempston thanks to a Antony Henman hattrick, two goals from Simon Steele and a strike from Dan Goddard, the home reply coming via a Jamie Carson penalty.
Whilst down at the bottom of the table Royal Oak Kempston now only trail fourth from bottom Sandy Reserves on goal difference after two goals from Lorenzo Jordan plus a goal for Michael Cooney saw them send Sandy Reserves to their fifth straight defeat 3-2, Sandy's replies coming from Steve Thomas and Ian Jakes, meanwhile the days final game in this section saw Caldecote Reserves get beat 2-4 at home by Westoning Recreation Club Reserves whose goals came from Joe Rogers, Danny Shannon, Shaun Cooksley and Robbie Faulkner. against home replies from Bruce Bass and Tom Dupuy.
Division Two action like in Division One saw the league leaders Bedford College increase their lead at the head of the table to four points over the cup playing Meltis Albion but just like Henlow they were held to a 2-2 draw at bottom of the day Woburn Reserves who were only gaining their third home point of the season, Steve Murray and Matt Holland on the scoresheet for the home side against Student replies from Dan Church and Sammy Guiry.
Meppershall Jurassic and Newham Athletic swapping third and fourth spots in the table after a Athletic goal from Nick Attwater was not enough to prevent The Jurassic striking up their seventh straight away win with a 4-1 victory and Oakley Sports Reserves climbed themselves back into the top six after returning to winning ways with a 6-2 home win over Blunham Reserves, Ollie Housden netting twice alongside goals from Ben Brown, Tom Redmond, Ricky Isaacs and Tom Mills to Blunham replies from Dan Whitten and Gee Fitzgerald, the points leapfrogging Oakley above Great Barford who despite two goals from Freddie Windram and a strike from Daniel Stafford were held to a 3-3 home draw by Saffron.
With Putnoe United's game at Lidlington United called off due to United's continual Bedfordshire FA suspension this left just two other games, Mulberry Bush with goals from Ellis Joseph and Darren Gough against a Giles Sowerby reply claiming three points with a 2-1 home win over Renhold Village whilst Marston Shelton Rovers came up with their fourth draw in their last six outings when sharing the points in a 2-2 home draw with Clifton, Dean Clark and Aaron Franks the Rovers marksmen to replies from Barry Hallybone and Greg King.
In Division Three the non-playing league leaders Blue Chip had their lead at the head of the table cut to just six points after second place Kings AFC who also have two games in hand won 3-0 at Caldecote A thanks to goals from Josh Clements, Nathan Clements and Adam Haywood, whilst there were also wins for the third and fourth place sides, Potton Wanderers chalking up their seventh straight win with a 3-1 home win over Marabese Ceramics with two goals from James Harson plus a strike from Nick Cooper to a visiting reply from Dominic Policella whilst fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves were 6-1 away winners at AFC Shillington, Earl Patterson collecting four goals of which three came from the penalty spot to be supported by strikes from Justin Patterson and Ricky Halling.
Elsewhere Wilshamstead Reserves made it five home wins on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Riseley Sports Reserves thanks to goals from Marcus Newberry and John Halliwell to a Sports reply from Craig Ford whilst Marsh Leys were 3-2 home winners over second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves with goals from Simon Wade, Padraic Walsh and Kerion Walsh outgunning a brace in reply from Gary Whitbread, United Sports however remain five points clear of bottom club Exel United who were beat 6-0 at Sandy A, Dan Threadgold netting twice, Daniel Bailey and Chris Duff once alongside two own goals.
This coming Easter weekend sees a much reduced Bedfordshire Football League Programme which is headed by a six game schedule in the Premier Division and gives league leaders Campton a chance to increase their lead at the head of the table to six points over the non-playing Sandy should they come up with the full three points from their trip to The Green to face Ickwell & Old Warden who currently sit in fourth spot, the game is due to kick off at 1pm to allow Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves to entertain Putnoe United in a Division Two fixture at 3.15pm but unless United free themselves of their Bedfordshire FA suspension this game could well yet not take place and result in a 2.30pm kick off for the top game ( update can be found on www.bedfordshirefootballleague.co.uk )
The other game due to kick off earlier is third placed Oakley Sports home clash with Luton Borough where the home side will be seeking to close the gap on Sandy to one of just three points, again at this venue a Reserve game follows this being Oakley Sports Reserves Division Two game with Clifton where a home win could take them into a top three spot in the league table.
The remaining four games all kicking off at 2.30pm, at Miller Road, sixth place Meltis Corinthians are host to seventh place AFC Kempston Town, where the hosts seek their eighth straight home win over a Town side that as won just three times on their travels this season, at Renhold United where you would expect United to at least extend their unbeaten ways to six games over a Riseley Sports side that sits third from bottom in the standings and without a win in their last eight outings.
Meanwhile over at Greenfield Road, Westoning Recreation Club will have no easy task in collecting the full three points from visitors Sharnbrook who with a win themselves would climb above last seasons champions in the league table, the final top flight contest coming at Crawley Road where bottom of the table Woburn seek to return to winning ways against Caldecote.
Division One Supported By Sportsform action sees just three games with the big game coming at Horseshoes Close where second in the table Dunton will seek to keep their promotion push alive when they host second from bottom AFC Kempston Town Reserves who will travel looking for the points to help them in their quest to beat the drop, currently four points adrift of that target it could get worse for The Town should the team immediately above them Royal Oak Kempston win their local derby meeting at Cutler Hammer against hosts Kempston who last won on home soil some six games ago.
The final game seeing bottom club Elstow Abbey in home action against a Marston Social side that hits the road seeking their seventh consecutive league win.
Division Two action apart from the two games already mentioned sees all of the top three clubs in action, with the big game coming in Hillgrounds where league leaders Bedford College face third place Meppershall Jurassic who travel having won their last seven trips on the road and any slip up by The Students should see Meltis Albion close the gap on them at the head of the standings as they will be expected to collect the full three points from their journey to Hurst Grove where they face Lidlington United Sports.
Another game taking place at Hillgrounds is Mulberry Bush home clash with bottom of the table Woburn Reserves where The Bush seek home win number three on the bounce with the final game coming in Russell Park where Saffron seek the same three wins on the bounce against draw specialists Marston Shelton Rovers.
In Division Three league leaders Blue Chip again sit the afternonn out and this gives Kings AFC a chance to close the gap on them to three points when they entertain AFC Shillington at King George VI Playing Fields a task you would expect them to acheive against a Shillington side that as failed to win any of its last seven games.
Its also a big day for the third and fourth place teams as they seek to push home their promotion claims, third place Potton Wanderers making the short journey to Bedford Road looking for their eighth straight win against hosts Sandy A, whilst you would expect fourth place Meltis Corinthians Reserves to come up with the full three points from their home Jubilee Park clash with second from bottom Lidlington United Sports Reserves.
The days other two games coming in Hillgrounds where Marsh Leys host local rivals Stewartby Village and at Jubilee Playing Fields where Wilshamstead Reserves now on a five game winning home run receive a visit from Marabese Ceramics who are now in the last chance salon if promotion is to be gained this season.